Headache-less midlife crisis :D
It’s been just over 6 months of ownership for this beauty and I have enjoyed every second of it :) There was a time when I sat in a corner and scratched my head wondering which car to get that’s got supercar-ish performance, reliable, unique looks, safe to be in, not too common, but doesn’t break the bank to own and maintain in the longer run (1st world problems, I know! Sorry!). The considerations were the Jag F-Type-R, Porsche Carrera, BMW M6 Coupe and the Merc SL55. I also had a used Ferrari 360 or 430 in my mind as they were around the sam...e price range of the the other cars, but soon dismissed the idea after reading about the issues they are both plagued with on owner blog posts. I didn’t consider the Lexus RCF due to it’s Marmite (love it or hate it ) styling. Then Lexus announced and produced the LC500. I did test drive all the cars in my consideration list, and decided to go with the LC. The engine note is a huge part of the reason, the fit and finish is the other. The biggest reason to choose the LC was it’s potential reliability and exclusivity. It’s Toyota built, so it’d outlast you and you don’t see these beauties in public very often, where as Porsches, BMWs, Mercs and Jags are a common sight on Melbourne roads. The LC500’s naturally aspirated V8 produces a very emotional sound. It’s quite high pitched and crackly at the top end compared to the rest of the NA V8’s around, which even makes it’s sound somewhat unique. The interior quality and refinement is honestly better than the Euro rivals, imho. It’s Mark Levinson stereo quality is comparable to the best offered by the competition. The Jag F-type -R is quicker and more of a hooligan. But speaking to a few owners confirmed my reservation about it’s reliability. And when I walked in to the Lexus dealership, I saw that a couple of owners have traded those F Types in, to drive away a Lexus of some sort. Fuel economy is impressive too, for a V8 if you drive it sensibly. Highway driving. easily gets me between 8-9 litres of consumption for 100Km. If I thrash it around the track that can easily jump up to between 20-35l/100Km and that’s to be expected as you're pretty much standing on the gas pedal all the time. City driving gets me between 12-15l/100K, during peak traffic. It’s safety systems are pretty darn good. It practically drives itself if you are going in a straight line, making small adjustments to the steering to stay between the white lines, which is quite impressive.
Questions & Answers
This vehicle would have been on my shopping list except that the roof is to low, I am 6'7 and my head rubs on the roof, the seat is set to the lowest setting.
That's a shame! Did you try both seat options? the base model seat is different to the one you get with the enhancement pack upgrade. I'm 6' and I fit with the helmet on and have another 6 ish inches to spare at the lowest seat setting with the sports seats.
The dealership i went to didn't even greet me, there were 6 staff wandering around with no other customers present, hence i wasn't able to follow up on seat varieties.
I would prefer the most comfortable seat, not sure if the base model seat would suit that need.
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